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RomanizationEdit

barabara

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ばらばら

KikuyuEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Swahili barabara.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /βàɾàβàɾàꜜ/
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a tetrasyllabic stem.
  • (Kiambu)

NounEdit

barabara class 9/10 (plural barabara)

  1. road[3]
    barabara ĩno - this road
    barabara ici - these roads
    Synonyms: bara, njĩra

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “barabara” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 24. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1981). "A Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns: A Study of Limuru Dialect." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 22, 75–123.
  3. ^ Muiru, David N. (2007). Wĩrute Gĩgĩkũyũ: Marĩtwa Ma Gĩgĩkũyũ Mataũrĩtwo Na Gĩthũngũ, p. 18.

SwahiliEdit

 
barabara

Etymology 1Edit

Possibly from Arabic بَرّ(barr, land, earth).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

barabara (n class, plural barabara)

  1. road (strip of land made suitable for travel)
    maisha ni barabara ndefu
    life is a long road
    Synonym: njia

DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Persian برابر(barābar).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

barabara (invariable)

  1. proper, correct, exactly right

AdverbEdit

barabara

  1. exactly, precisely